Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating an incident in Prince Rupert.
Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on May 29, 2020 at approximately 10:15 p.m., officers responded to a report of an intoxicated man and woman sitting near the waterfront on the 700-block of First Avenue West. Officers advised the woman she was under arrest and a struggle ensued. The woman then allegedly jumped down a drop nearby, falling approximately 6 metres (20 feet). Officers and Emergency Health Services personnel provided medical care and transferred the woman to hospital, where she was found to be suffering serious injuries.
The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions or inaction may have played into the serious harm of the woman.
The IIO is asking that any person who saw, heard or recorded the incident to contact the IIO Witness Line toll free at 1-855-446-8477.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.